Report: Steven Gerrard to be offered contract by New York Red Bulls
With his future still up in the air at Anfield and his contract up at the end of the season, legendary Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard could be heading to Major League Soccer.
According to reports from multiple outlets in the UK Gerrard, 34, will be offered a ‘lucrative’ move to the New York Red Bulls as his old boss at Liverpool and New York’s current Head of Global Football Gerard Houllier is eager to link up once again. That report states that the Red Bulls have Gerrard on their discovery list, but other reports suggest this is wide of the mark.
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Earlier this fall Gerrard stated that he will play elsewhere if he was not offered a new contract at Liverpool and since then Liverpool have offered the club captain a new two-year deal -- but that deal is believed to have a significant pay cut -- with his current contract expiring at the end of the season.
Crucially, that means that Gerrard can start talking with other teams in January and perhaps assess his options of one last big-money move before hanging up his boots. Gerrard has been at Liverpool for his entire 17-year career but with the Reds struggling in midtable in the Premier League this season and crashing out of the UEFA Champions League at the group stage, next summer may be a good time to move on.
Houllier handed Gerrard his debut and with the likes of Thierry Henry departing the Red Bulls and Tim Cahill’s future uncertain, there will be open Designated Player spots at Red Bull Arena. Whether or not the huge amounts of cash to pay Gerrard wil be on offer is another matter, but let’s file this rumor under the category: stranger things have happened...